Manuka Honey 3-in-1

The Manuka honey 3-in-1 test is for anyone interested in Manuka honey – including beekeepers, buyers and sellers of bulk honey, and honey processors producing and labelling final product for sale.  Manuka 3-in-1 test results will tell users about the grade of honey at the time of testing, as well as the HMF which is an important international measure of the age and heating of honey.

The test measures concentrations of DHA (dihydroxyacetone), MG (methylglyoxal), and HMF (5-hydroxymethylfurfural) in honey.  MG results are converted to the commonly used Manuka honey grades such as non-peroxide activity (NPA) and UMF®* using a conversion equation.

Any honey types can have a 3-in-1 test and the results will give an indication of how much (if any) Manuka nectar was collected by the bees when the honey was made.

The concentrations of DHA and MG (and the grade of the honey) are known to change over time.  Consider also using a ‘Forecast MG, NPA, & HMF Report’ to get an idea of how any honey tested for 3-in-1 will change over time.
If you are interested in knowing more about the potential of Manuka plants to produce high grade honey, consider using a Manuka Nectar test.

*Note: UMF® is available for UMFHA licensees only

UMF Licensees that require UMF Release Certificates to be issued for submitted samples, please use the UMF Release Certicate request form. Select from the following: PDF or Word Doc

How does Analytica conduct the test?

Analytica can test waxy or comb honey for 3-in-1 as well as extracted honey.  A sub-sample is extracted in ultra-pure water, derivatised and analysed by Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) with UV detection.


3 in 1 is an IANZ accredited test

Pricing and Turnaround Time

Please contact Analytica for current pricing and TATs on 07 974 4740 or at 

Why Use Analytica?

Analytica have a fast turnaround time and competitive price. We are able to carry out a number of tests on your honey, which means you can send in one sample and let us take care of the rest. 

How to take and submit a sample

How to take and submit a sample

To have your honey tested, send approximately 50g of honey in a plastic pottle with a screw lid.  A representative sample* is required. 

Download and complete our Analysis Request Form either in PDF format or as a Word document, and send it along with your samples to:

Analytica Laboratories Ltd
Ruakura Research Centre
10 Bisley Road,
Hamilton 3240 
New Zealand

Analysis Request Form | PDF

Analysis Request Form | WORD

Don't forget to label each sample container with a unique name or code, matching the Sample Identification that you write on the Analysis Request Form. We will invoice you when we report your results.

Please email the Sample Reception team at if you are sending more than 40 samples to make the most of our testing prices and turnaround times.

To send samples from overseas, please see our instructions and import permits.

*For some ideas on collecting a representative honey sample, have a look at this article published in 'The New Zealand BeeKeeper'.

Analytica Laboratories

P: +64 7 974 4740

Ruakura Research Centre,
10 Bisley Road, Private Bag 3123,
Hamilton 3214
New Zealand

IANZ Accredited Laboratory

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